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Second Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Global Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury (INC2)

24-28 January 2011 | Chiba, Japan
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Highlights for Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Mercury INC 2 convened for its third day on Wednesday 26 January, 2011, in Chiba, Japan.

During the morning plenary, delegates heard reports back from storage and waste contact group Co-Chair Katerina Sebkova (Czech Republic), and from ASGM contact group Co-Chair Felipe Ferreira (Brazil). Both contact groups were mandated to continue their work.

Delegates continued discussion on the elements paper (UNEP(DTIE)/Hg/INC.2/3) beginning with Article 5, on international trade with parties in mercury or mercury compounds and Article 6, and on international trade with non-parties in mercury or mercury compounds. Delegates then considered measures to reduce intentional use of mercury, discussing Article 7, mercury-added products, Article 8, manufacturing processes in which mercury is used, and Article 14, allowable-use exemptions, as a cluster of interlinked issues.

In the late afternoon delegates turned their attention to measures to reduce releases of mercury to air, water and land: Article 10, atmospheric emissions; and Article 11, releases to water and land.
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Contact group on ASGM Co-Chair Felipe Ferreira (Brazil) reporting on the outcomes of the group's discussions.
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Daniel Ziegerer (Switzerland) discussing illegal trade in mercury or mercury compounds.
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Margaret Kenny (Canada) intervening on trade in mercury and mercury compounds.
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Lee Eeles (Australia) discussing international trade of mercury.
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Meeting resources
*INC2 website
*INC2 documents
*INC2 annotated agenda
*INC2 scenario note
*INC2 submissions
*Technical briefing session in preparation INC2

IISD RS resources
IISD RS summary and analysis of INC1, 7-11 June 2010, Stockholm, Sweden (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
IISD RS brefing note of the Ad-hoc Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) to Prepare for the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Mercury, 19-23 October 2009, Bangkok, Thailand (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the Twenty-fifth Session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC-25/GMEF), 16-20 February 2009, UNEP Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
*IISD RS coverage of the Second Meeting of the Ad Hoc OEWG to Review and Assess Measures to Address the Global Issue of Mercury, 6-10 October 2008, UNEP Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya
*IISD RS coverage of the First Meeting of the Ad Hoc OEWG to Review and Assess Measures to Address the Global Issue of Mercury, 12-16 November 2007, Bangkok, Thailand
*IISD RS chemicals management page
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